Stress and anxiety-induced deliriums are not fun for anyone, especially when it has something to do with work. Having a 9-5 schedule or classes packing your day can leave you feeling exhausted, dejected, and anxious. On top of that, meeting deadlines, a boss or professor who yells at you, or even something as simple as co-workers who are unhelpful, have the capability to turn a happy day into a stressful one!
An easy remedy to avoid this predicament would be to follow these steps towards stressbusting on your bad days.
There are no two ways about it. Working out releases endorphins and happy hormones leaving you feeling good about your body. It is the one act that can make you feel active and mindful at the same time. If you aren’t convinced by regular gyms, pick up any physical activity to do after your workday like yoga, tai chi, kickboxing, dancing, etc.
Even something as simple as putting on a Jane Fonda-Esque workout video and following through can be helpful.
Throughout your day, keep a count of how much water you have consumed. Most of the time, stress is just a manifestation of your body feeling dehydrated. Do you constantly feel hungry throughout the day? You may not be giving your body enough water. Pick up a water bottle with the measuring scale on the side, and hydrate away!
A relaxing bath can mean different things to different people. The idea is to seek out a time when you can be alone with your thoughts, in a relaxing environment. Play some soothing music, and use warm water to help relax your aching muscles!
Lavender is known for its relaxing qualities. If you feel that your bad day stress isn’t letting you go to sleep, or that your bath isn’t relaxing enough, Lavender may be your cure. Pick up some lavender essential oil and a spray bottle. Mix some essential oil and water into the bottle, and shake it well before application. Use this mix on your pillow before you go to sleep, or add a few drops to your bath!
Returning home to pets who are excited to see you can be therapeutic. If you can’t commit to having a pet at home, find a rescue dog shelter to volunteer at, or a pet café to meet some new furry friends after a hard day.
Colouring and Painting
No, you do not need to be the next Jackson Pollock or Pablo Picasso to enjoy some coloring. Adult coloring and activity books have become popular recently as tools to relieve stress. So play some music and get those creative juices running! The sense of achievement when you finish is an adrenalin high you will want to change again!
Phone a Friend
Call up a friend. If you feel like your stress levels are through the roof, ask a friend to come to help you through it. Talking about our day with someone who cares to listen can be a stress reliever as well. Just have a quiet night in with your close friends or family and talk it out of your system.
Reading a book transports you into a dimension where you can live the life of your characters. Pick up a book on a stressful day, and take some time off reality. If reading a book is a commitment that gives you more anxiety, try listening to an e-book, a podcast, or read short stories! Trust us, your body will appreciate the downtime!
When a stressful day comes to a close, be mindful of what you carry into the next day. Your mental and physical health are of utmost importance. Remember to tell your body that this too shall pass – no matter how difficult a day maybe, tomorrow is bound to be a better day!